Quantification of the anthropogenic influence on urban climate

HUSCO meteorological instrument

Every city has its own (urban) climate. Not only the geographical location but the urban fabric itself is an essential factor – for example, how close the buildings are, or if the soil is extensively sealed. Green areas are especially important: Lawns, parks and roadside trees have the potential to lower urban temperatures.

To quantify the anthropogenic impact on urban climate, Urban Systems operates the Hamburg Urban Soil Climate Observatory HUSCO, where meteorologists and soil scientists are working together to better understand the interplay between soil and atmosphere in an urban context.

Analysis of numerical and physical model results helps to quantify the possible impact of mitigation measures in different scenarios.